American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Article Examines Relationship Between Malnutrition, HIV Progression in Sub-Saharan Africa
March 26, 2010
"Sub-Saharan Africa is affected by a disproportionately high prevalence of both HIV infection and food scarcity," write the authors of an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article on the relationship between malnutrition and the progression of HIV/AIDS. "Underweight individuals will continue to represent a significant proportion of patients who present for HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa. Regional food insecurity is likely to persist in the near term, especially with drought conditions that continue in much of southern Africa and a trend of commodity prices that have risen over the past decade," the study authors write. "To address malnutrition as a component of HIV care will require a sustained shift in policy and funding priorities, but critical data are still needed for successful implementation" (Koethe/Heimburger, April 2010).
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